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Molly joined Fox 4 in September of 2014 as a reporter for the late-night news. She is excited to be back home in the Midwest after spending two years as a reporter, anchor and producer at NBC29 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Before working at NBC29, she was a reporter at KOMU-TV in Columbia, Missouri.
Molly is a proud graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism (Go Tigers!) and loves her St. Louis Cardinals. You can catch her hanging out at area dog parks with her black lab, Avery. Molly was born in St. Louis, MO. and grew up in Edwardsville, IL.
Molly loves that journalism allows her to investigate wrongdoings. She is the recipient of a 2014 National Edward R. Murrow Award for one of her investigations revealing the University of Virginia Hospital mistakenly sent a family home with their deceased loved one’s amputated body parts. She has also been recognized by the Virginia Associated Press for her work.
Working within the vicinity of Washington D.C. granted Molly the opportunity to cover several rallies during the 2012 presidential election. During this time she interviewed former presidential candidate John McCain, former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, as well as democratic supporter and actress Cynthia Nixon.
Molly would love for you to say hello if you see her out and about town working on a story. You can follow her on twitter at @MollyFox4KC or find her on Facebook “Molly Balkenbush Fox4” Do you have a news tip? E-mail Molly at

Recent Articles
  • Retracing his final steps, family and friends remember Van Horn student shot, hold balloon release

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Tuesday marked one year since a Van Horn High School student was shot and killed walking home from school. Family and friends of Javon Reilly met at the school and walked the route Javon took home each day. “We have that big hole that is still there, it’s never going to go away,” said Jackie Reilly, Javon’s mom. “Every day he walked home from school and this is his last walk of life.” Twenty-year-old Tymon Reed of […]

  • Burglars use truck as battering ram to smash through Independence storefront and take ATM

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A small business owner said for the third time a driver ran a vehicle through the front of her shop. Surveillance video shows a dark truck pulled up and drive through the side of KC Liquor on US-40 Highway. “I’ve owned this business for 20 years, raised three kids as a single mom and I work hard and it’s disheartening when someone does this,” said Tessa Orr. She said the three men took off with the ATM […]

  • Wedding will go on, but marriage and honeymoon may not after Overland Park man’s IDs stolen

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – A bride and groom to-be are afraid they won’t be legally married for their Saturday wedding. The groom said his passport and license were both stolen, and now he doesn’t have the proper identification to apply for a marriage license. The couple said someone stole their truck from their driveway around 4:30 a.m. Saturday. It happened at their Overland Park home on Goodman Lane. A neighbor reported hearing somebody start the truck’s loud engine. “It’s just […]

  • Worlds of Fun ‘screamsters’ transform into frightening characters before ‘Halloween Haunt’

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Worlds of Fun is gearing up for the next season of “Halloween Haunt.” On Friday night, the “screamsters,” did a run through of their scary makeup and hit the streets of Kansas City to get people excited. The event kicks off Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. at the park. Staff said they recommend kids be 14 or older because it gets pretty scary. “It’s like a big family,” said Jacki Butler, a makeup artist. She said […]

  • Blue Springs family returns from grocery store to find their home consumed by fire

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – A family of seven lost nearly everything after their home near NW 4th Street and West Walnut went up in flames late Monday night. The family said their beloved rescue dog, Cooper, was killed in the fire. They said their two cats and their new litter of kittens were also killed. “We went to the grocery store and came back to the house in a total blaze,” said Brent Boughner, father of five. He said he […]

  • U2 ticket policy may be difficult, but it helps to disable scammers

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Every time there’s a concert, it seems there’s someone who sadly falls victim to scammers who sell them fake tickets that look real. Tomorrow’s U2 concert may be different. It’s hard to forget the story FOX 4 told last month about a six-year-old boy who never made it to the Bruno Mars concert after his mom unknowingly purchased fake tickets for $600. But for U2, in order to get the ticket, concert-goers must have the credit […]

  • 36-year-old Independence woman killed, 9 injured in two-vehicle crash in Lee’s Summit

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — One person is dead following a two-vehicle crash in Lee’s Summit, Mo., Saturday afternoon. Police say it was around 4:15 p.m. when a GMC pickup truck traveling north on Todd George Road struck a Chevy Express van traveling west on Leinweber Road. The impact caused both vehicles to spin in the roadway; three occupants of the van were ejected from the van. A preliminary investigation indicates the van failed to stop at the stop sign at Todd […]

  • Fort Myers residents fight through days of Florida traffic, find refuge in Bonner Springs

    BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. – Five women are safe and sound in Bonner Springs after driving for four days. The group was evacuating from Ft. Myers, Florida. Two of the women, who are sisters, said they packed up and brought their friends with them to stay at their brother’s house. “So thankful that this loving family welcomed us in,” said Joanne Collins, who was with the group. The women said it took them two full days to get out of Florida […]

  • Woman praises neighbor in Valentine neighborhood for quickly taking picture of suspected burglar moments after alarm sounds

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – People living in Kansas City’s Valentine neighborhood have a message for home intruders. They want them to know they should be prepared to be chased down and have their photo taken. On Saturday, FOX 4 talked to a woman who said her neighbor did just that when a man broke into her house around 6 a.m. “We look out for each other, and if you want to burglarize houses here, somebody is going to chase you […]

  • Policy enforcement heightened a week after fights ended Park Hill football game early

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Staff with the Park Hill School District enforced a policy on Friday night that required students who were in middle school to have a parent with them to enter the high school football game. The policy enforcement comes after police said seven fights broke out at last week’s football game. FOX 4 talked to students and parents at Friday’s game. Park Hill junior, Karsyn Chambers, said the fights made her school look bad. She agrees middle […]

  • Metro dad grateful to be alive after he says man tried to kill him during road rage incident near Plaza

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A metro father said he was the victim of a road rage shooting near the Country Club Plaza on Tuesday. The father of four, who FOX 4 is only naming by his first name of Cory for his protection, said he had just left the Apple Store. He said he was driving to head toward 71 Highway when the man came flying up next to him and almost hit his car. He said that’s when he […]

  • Prosecutor says DNA evidence on bottle, shirt & cigarette led to charges in Indian Creek Trail murder case

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced charges Tuesday afternoon against Fredrick Scott, a suspect in the Indian Creek Trail murders and another homicide at 67th and Troost. As a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith named 22-year-old Fredrick D. Scott as the suspect in two fatal shootings, and said the investigations are ongoing. Scott is also considered a suspect in other homicides in the area. Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said […]